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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 6 – December 1948 to November 1952 – Issues 16 to 21 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
A very unusual volume in this classic series – one that features the last half of the original cartoony take on Frankenstein by artist Dick Briefer, then follows with the re-worked series from 1952 – which moves into much more horror-based artwork overall! Briefer's original run is one of the weirdest, goofiest takes on the Frankenstein character ever created – as, rather than present the character in the traditional monstrous version, Briefer took Frankenstein into the same sort of territory as Herman Munster – kind of a comical figure who does more good than harm, with a surprisingly sweet demeanor that hardly belies his hulking physique! Briefer's art is great – very cartoony, but at an expressionist level that's almost in the territory of Milt Gross – and which has gotten him lots of acclaim over the years. Then, after shutting down in 1949, the series comes back in 1952 – the "second chapter" of Dick Briefer's classic Frankenstein comic – pulled from a time when the publication had left behind the cartoony style of Briefer's original run, and moved into much starker horror territory for the big early 50s boom in the format! The work here is much more gritty – with lead stories that are still about the main character, but which focus on some of his greater psychological complexity – mixed with supporting stories that are more in a 50s horror anthology mode – not filler, but excellent horror stories on a par with other work reprinted in these PS Artbooks series! Book is 224 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 7 – December 1952 to November 1953 – Issues 22 to 27 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
Excellent work from the "second chapter" of Dick Briefer's classic Frankenstein comic – pulled from a time when the publication had left behind the cartoony style of Briefer's original run, and moved into much starker horror territory for the big early 50s boom in the format! The work here is much more gritty – with lead stories that are still about the main character, but which focus on some of his greater psychological complexity – mixed with supporting stories that are more in a 50s horror anthology mode – not filler, but excellent horror stories on a par with other work reprinted in these PS Artbooks series! Briefer drew the main stories – and other work is by Mort Meskin, Marvin Stein, and others. 200 pages, hardcover, and full color! Book

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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 8 – January 1954 to November 1954 – Issues 28 to 33 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
Excellent work from the "second chapter" of Dick Briefer's classic Frankenstein comic – pulled from a time when the publication had left behind the cartoony style of Briefer's original run, and moved into much starker horror territory for the big early 50s boom in the format! The work here is much more gritty – with lead stories that are still about the main character, but which focus on some of his greater psychological complexity – mixed with supporting stories that are more in a 50s horror anthology mode – not filler, but excellent horror stories on a par with other work reprinted in these PS Artbooks series! Briefer drew the main stories – and other work is by Mort Meskin, Marvin Stein, and others. 200 pages, hardcover, and full color! Book

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Toshihiro BabaEasy Listening Disc Collection ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $26.99
Finally! The world of easy listening gets its own sort of special disc guides – similar to the kinds of books we've seen for jazz, soul, psych, and other styles over the years! This one focuses on the warmest, mellowest sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s – with listings of 500 different records that are really well-chosen – the kind of special easy listening and instrumental records that get way past the soppy or snoozy – and which are the kinds we've always featured in our Now Sound section. All listings feature an album cover image in color, plus English listings of song titles, label, dates, and a few other specifics – next to a review of the records in Japanese. Like other "disc guide" titles from Japan, there's plenty here to enjoy even if you can't read the language – and this book is especially useful for its focus on CD reissues of these albums, as well as having a true global view of easy sounds too. 1975 pages, softcover, and full color throughout. Book

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Danzig Baldaev & Sergei VasilievSoviets (hardcover) ... Book
Fuel Design (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 32.95
Amazing images from the darkest years of the Soviet Union – a series of political cartoons by Danzig Baldaev, complete with full text translations and explanations of all the tricky issues within – plus some additional photographs by Sergei Vasiliev, showing some of the under-exposed elements of Soviet society! We love the cartoons the most – as they're often very creepy, done in black and white with a sinister tone and sense of irony so subtle, you can't tell if they support an issue or condemn it! And the photos are a nice combination, too – as they set the scene with some real world images, but in black and white as well – making for a book that is a striking reminder of the gray climate of oppression during this generation. 238 pages, hardcover. Book

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William S BurroughsPlace Of Dead Roads ... Book
Fourth Estate (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $5.99 11.00
An overlooked gem from beat legend William S Burroughs – a book from the early 80s, a bit later vintage than his initial classics – but one that was also penned at a time when he was completely at home with his style! Plus, Burroughs is also more confident with his subject matter, too – there was obviously less chance of any sort of obscenity issue at the time than back at the start of the 60s – so this book is perhaps a bit more "out" than some of his others, especially given the story's setting in the old west. Yet as you can imagine from Burroughs, the book is anything but a conventional western – and instead explodes with all the sci fi currents and offbeat wit you'd expect. The names of the key characters are almost enough to hint at the vibe of the story – The Nihilistic Kid and The Crying Gun – and the softcover book is 268 pages. Book

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Dark ShadowsDark Shadows – The Complete Original Series Vol 5 (hardcover) ... Book
Hermes, 2012. New Copy ... $10.99 49.99
Pretty great horror comics from the early 70s – the surprisingly long, healthy run of Gold Key's Dark Shadows comic books – which actually ran longer at the newstand than the show did on TV! The comic's strength comes from some great talents – 50s horror artist Joe Certa, still hard at work to give the images a nice edge – and DC Comic scribe Arthur Drake, who penned some of the weirder comics of the silver age – on board to give these stories a bit more of an edge than you might expect! The hardcover book does a great job of presenting the material – including covers of the comics – and features issues 29 through 35, plus additional text – all in a full color, 192 page volume! Book

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Renee Hytry DerringtonFormica Forever ... Book
Metropolis, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 39.99
Formica may seem like an everyday surface to some – but at the time of its creation, it was a pretty revolutionary development – one that allowed household and business spaces to step free from longer-term care – giving the workers and residents lots more time to pursue their hopes and dreams! That bright promise of Formica is presented beautifully here – in a lovely history of the product, complete with dozens of vintage images that range from magazine ads to promotional flyers – to some higher-end projects in Formica from the art world! The book's beautiful – as stylish as an interior design magazine from the 60s – with a special color by color section in the middle, including writings by John Updike, Margarate Atwood, and others – on pages that are also perforated and can be folded! The first half of the book is in English, and awash with these images and text – and the second half offers more images, and text in six other languages. 408 pages, softcover, and beautiful color throughout! Book

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FrankensteinFrankenstein Vol 4 – January/February to November/December 1947 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1947. New Copy Book ... $10.99 47.99
One of the weirdest, goofiest takes on the Frankenstein character ever created – drawn by 40s comic legend Dick Briefer, in this excellent volume of vintage stories! By the mid 40s, the popularity of Frankenstein was huge – but rather than present the character in the traditional monstrous version, Briefer took Frankenstein into the same sort of territory as Herman Munster – kind of a comical figure who does more good than harm, with a surprisingly sweet demeanor that hardly belies his hulking physique! Briefer's art is great – very cartoony, but at an expressionist level that's almost in the territory of Milt Gross – and which has gotten him lots of acclaim over the years. The book brings together a handful of super-rare, super-expensive issues of Briefer's Frankenstein – all with great quality artwork on heavy white paper, wrapped up in a gold-tinged hardcover volume – at a level that's maybe even nicer than some of the other vintage comic books in the PS Artbooks series. 255 pages, hardcover, and full color throughout. Book

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Stuart L GoosmanGroup Harmony – The Black Urban Roots Of Rhythm & Blues ... Book
University Of Pennsylvania, 2005. New Copy ... $5.99 24.95
Group soul harmony gets some great treatment here – in a well-done book that follows the music from the street corner to the airwaves – all with a thoughtful mixture of oral history and the larger issues of the time! Author Stuart Goosman focuses especially on harmony groups on the Baltimore and Washington DC scenes of the postwar years – with a lot of detail on The Orioles, one of the first great groups in the tradition – and some of the smaller acts of the period as well – and the book begins with the initial postwar rise in the format, then looks at the huge wave of group harmony during the doo wop years. Although an academic book, the tone is never dry – and the oral history material really illuminates the music a great deal. 291 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Drew Hardin & The Editors Of Hot Rod MagazineHot Rod Magazine – All The Covers (hardcover) ... Book
Motorbooks, 2010. New Copy ... $8.99 35.00
A hefty look at Hot Rod magazine – from the time the publication started in the postwar years, through its big time in the 60s, to its surprisingly durable run up to more recent years too! The book promises all the covers of all the issues through that run – and it definitely delivers that, but adds in way more than just a simple pastiche of cover art – with year-by-year details on the magazine, and a manner of presentation that makes things very lively – through other image, and a focus on some of the ultra-cool images from the classic years. 255 pages, hardcover, and heavy and glossy throughout! Book

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Mick HoughtonBecoming Elektra – The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label ... Book
Jawbone, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 29.95
A wonderfully detailed story of one of the coolest record labels ever – a book that really gets at the huge range of folk, blues, psych, and other wonderful sounds issued by Elektra Records! The tome is massive – big enough to feature a lot of full color pictures, but with a much stronger emphasis on text than usual for this sort of volume – with an especially deep look into the early days of Zac Holzman, and his initial love of pre-rock modes before the bigger shift to more popular Elektra modes of the late 60s. The book is over 300 pages, and is past the halfway mark before The Doors even come into the picture – which really gives you an idea of the kind of detail involved, The book also features a full Elektra discography in the back – at least until the point at which Holzman left the label – and the whole thing's honestly one of the best accounts of a label's formation we've ever read. 304 pages, oversized, with some color images. Book

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Paul LevitzLittle Book Of Wonder Woman (paperback) ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy ... $7.99 9.99
Amazing images from decades of the Amazon princess – pulled from early Wonder Woman comics, publications in the silver age, and lots of later issues as well – all wrapped up in a really beautiful package that hardly deserves the "little" in its title! Instead, this thing pops like a much bigger art book – particularly Taschen's oversized volumes on DC, as this one's handled in a similar, but smaller manner – with wonderfully well-chosen pictures, and running commentary from Paul Levitz – who once ran DC, and has plenty of insight to offer. 190 pages, full color. Book
 
 
 



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